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Update: Newbie with Elevated A1C's


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Old 05-11-2017, 00:22   #1
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Hello everyone,

I met with my doctor today, and he gave me some very distressing news.

I am diabetic. I NEVER wanted to hear that phrase!

My results were quite frightening.

A1C: 10.5
Glucose: 208
Cholesterol: 246

He gave me a sheet of choices I can eat with a Glycemic Index of <40. He also gave me a list of foods to avoid for high cholesterol. Some of the choices contradict each other. I now have to prick my finger to check my levels. He also prescribed medication.

One thing I'm worried about is that I have always had high cholesterol. At one time, it was 253! I used to work out, watch what I ate, and my cholesterol was still a problem. Even my parents, who were both diabetic, had levels lower than mine.

Right now, I don't know if I can do this for the long haul. I guess I need to get over the shock and focus on getting better. I just want to know that I can have a somewhat normal life.

Thanks for listening.

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First... Im sorry we have to meet here this way... its very difficult to hear that you have a disease.

Second - know that you are among friends that care and will help you through anything you are going through

Now for the info that will help you. You doctor is giving you the information that is 50 years old and as far as I am concerned not accurate and potentially damaging.

PLEASE read the links in my signature below and watch this video


What most of us have found is that carbs are bad and we dont HAVE to eat any carbs. All of eat a small amount of carbs. it depends on the person and how bad the diabetes is. you can find out what foods affect you by testing before you eat and then 1 hour after and again 2 hours after. You will soon see what is hurting you.

I live a Keto lifestyle which means I eat less than 30g of carbs a day. My body uses fat as fuel and at this time my diabetes is reversed and I am on no medication. this doesnt happen for everyone but being VLC/HF WILL help you lower your BG.

Its a hard concept to grasp at first. you have to eat about 75% of your food as fat and about 20% protein (or something in these ranges)

Yes FAT will help lower your BG, lower your cholesterol (yes you heard me ) and help you lose weight if you need to.

read the links, watch the video and please post all of your questions and there are a TON of folks that want to help and have the experience and knowledge.

Welcome to our party... stay and have some coffee

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Here are some good starting points to read

Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

""You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever the doctors want you to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." "
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T2 diabetes isn't as hard to manage as it seems to you at this moment. Yes, it's going to mean changing what you eat. Major changes are difficult for most of us - it's just human nature.

Just know that diabetes doesn't define who you are. You are still the same person doing the same things you always do. The only thing that has changed is that you are going to see food in a new light.

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I really appreciate the way y'all have responded to my posts. I'm just so confused right now. Thank you for that video. I have watched it plenty and will continue to do so until I can almost repeat it verbatim...LOL!

I've also watched a video from Doug Kaufmann, from "Know the Cause." He believes that diabetes is caused by fungus. Has anyone read his book or seen his video? He's not a doctor, but he's done a lot of research of the subject.

Signing off but will be back soon.

Peace and Love!

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Hello alamogirl and welcome....

I am very glad to see you have already watch the video! Gaining knowledge is your best starting place on dealing with diabetes.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of incomplete information about diabetes and also a lot of people who claim they can treat or even cure diabetes. As you sort through these options be very suspicious and do your homework. If nothing else talk with your doctor about any new treatment, drug, supplement, etc.

Our approach is fairly simple, we believe in a drastic reduction in carbohydrates and an increase in the fats we eat. By offsetting the carb reduction with fats we stop hunger and cravings by providing the body with energy from the fats we eat. As you read you will see that a lot of information on eating fats and the impact on Cholesterol is available. In your case especially, doing research on this website and elsewhere on cholesterol is important so that you understand how you can eat low carbs and increase your fat intake, without worrying about your cholesterol. Using our search box on the top right of this website, do a search on cholesterol, you will find a lot to read and consider...

I have copied the websites, from above, that also contain a lot of information that we all use. Check these out also....remember having knowledge is the important first step...

Here are some good starting points to read

Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

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Thank you for the links. I have been reading, and it's a lot of good information. I appreciate all the help you and the others have provided. I can't wait until I'm where y'all are at, and I'll be the one comforting and encouraging newbies.

Peace & Love

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I have been reading, and it's a lot of good information. I appreciate all the help you and the others have provided. I can't wait until I'm where y'all are at, and I'll be the one comforting and encouraging newbies.


Now your talking, girl.....it doesn't take long.....once you start!

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It's such a huge blow. I took a week off of work at diagnosis just to grieve... that said, it's a major life change, but we get onboard quickly, because we have to.

In my experience it takes time mentally to make peace with the new reality. This board is a great place to realize you are not alone... friends and family are a help too.

Do something nice for yourself in the meantime... it'll help

Welcome to your new life... in short order you should be feeling the best you have in a long time. Knowledge is everything!

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It's such a huge blow. I took a week off of work at diagnosis just to grieve... that said, it's a major life change, but we get onboard quickly, because we have to.

In my experience it takes time mentally to make peace with the new reality. This board is a great place to realize you are not alone... friends and family are a help too.

Do something nice for yourself in the meantime... it'll help

Welcome to your new life... in short order you should be feeling the best you have in a long time. Knowledge is everything!
Thank you for the words of encouragement. It does take time to make peace with the new reality. I'm still working on that

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